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Project News: 27 Libyan Civil Society Organizations trained in networking skills and migration knowledge with European Union support

29 October 2018


On the 26 October 2018 the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) closed the 3rd Civil Society Training Workshop “Cooperation and Coordination Capacities - CSO's Networking, Labour Migration, Migration and Development” for Libyan civil society organizations working on migration, in the presence of the representative of the Libyan National Team for Border Security and Management.

The workshop took place within the framework of the EU-financed ICMPD project "Strategic and institutional management of migration in Libya” funded by the European Union. The event was attended by Ambassador Alan Bugeja, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya, who said “We believe that civil society can make the difference by adding to the efforts of other stakeholders in addressing the challenges posed by migration and also leveraging its opportunities, notably in view of reconstruction and development. Through this training we help them contribute to the comprehensive national strategy developed by the Libyan authorities in a way that benefits all Libyans”.

From 23 to 26 October 2018, representatives of 27 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on migration in Libya, gathered in Tunis to improve their networking capacities and their migration knowledge. Participants got intensive training by high level experts to enhance the skills of the emerging civil society on cooperation, coordination and networking. They also had the opportunity to become familiar with key migration topics, such as labour migration as well as the migration and development nexus.

This is the third workshop of a series of capacity building activities within a project funded by the European Union, and implemented by the ICMPD. The previous training workshops were dedicated to project development skills and understanding of the legal frameworks pertaining to asylum and international protection.

Mr. Hasan Ben Nnouwarah, Member of the Libyan National Team for Border Security and Management, underlined the importance of the ongoing excellent and constructive cooperation with the ICMPD and the European Union. He stated that this workshop will continue to prepare the Libyan CSOs to fulfill their parts of the duties towards Libya. Dr. Mohamed Kriaa, ICMPD Team Leader, emphasized the ICMPD support to the new generations of Libyan CSOs to create evidence-based, coordinated and sustainable migration policies.

With the European Union funding, the ICMPD is supporting the Libyan administration at central and local levels, as well as Libyan civil society and academia, in their efforts to develop the necessary prerequisites for effective migration governance. Project activities focus on improving migration management, assisting the Libyan administration in improving the structures, mechanisms and procedures related to migration governance and supporting Libya’s reintegration into regional and international dialogues on migration.